C4 – Caprino/Gaon/Vilmezzano/Caiar

THE WAYS OF WATER.The waterways retraces ancient paths where we find fountains, wash houses, mills that testify to the ingenuity of man and his way of organizing the territory and its resources. The route crosses the territories of Spiazzi/Village/Croce.
Must see
The church of San Giovanni Battista, the village with its characteristic wooden houses, the Croce district, the original nucleus of Spiazzi. Splendid landscapes on Lake Garda and the Baldo.
Altitudine max: 915 metri
Dislivello: 86 metri
Distanza: 1,7 km
Tempo: Piedi: 50 minuti
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C4 THE WAYS OF WATER

 

 

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The waterways retraces ancient paths where we find fountains, wash houses, mills that testify to the ingenuity of man and his way of organizing the territory and its resources.

Start from Villa Carlotti, through the passage on the right, then on the left, before the road curves, steps lead to the CAI 662 path which leads to a cobbled road where, on the left, there is an old capital. Keep to the right and, once you have passed an elegant villa, turn into a small square with a fountain, continue to the left and soon you are in front of the Gaon washhouse: on the right the structure of an old mill that
once had a large wheel outside.

Gaon di Sotto wash house

Turn right and you are in the square with the church of San Rocco, protector against the plague: statue of San Rocco at the entrance, inside a vaulted roof and a presbytery with polychrome marble and several statues of saints.

Church of San Rocco

We go back and take the road to the left of the fountain and then immediately right to reach another fountain-washhouse.

Going up, you arrive at a wayside Shrine with the Madonna della Pietà (4): above the painting there are two angels with crown and under a pedestal with the cross of the Knights of Malta.

Cross of the Knights of Malta

The road leads us, past the ”red lands”, to the square of Vilmezzano. Here there is the Carmel church: a 15th century building dedicated to the Blessed Virgin of Carmine. Inside, a single nave with terracotta floor, a trussed roof, a stoup in red Verona marble;
along the walls, floral decorations with medallions, a small internal chapel and some very interesting altarpieces.

The itinerary continues to the right of the church along a road which then becomes a path. Finally, you reach S. Michele, follow the main road for a few meters and, between the houses, you take a path on the right that leads to Caiar in a few minutes, near a fountain known since 1827 called ”pink fountain” for the color of its marbles.

Pink Fountain

Continue to the right of the fountain, between the houses an arch leads to a small square where we can admire a fresco. Go down on the left and immediately take a stairway to the right which in a few minutes takes you to the beginning of via IV Novembre and then to our starting point.